Cornelia Smartt Hodges, 104, former resident of the Smartt Station Community near McMinnville, Knoxville, and Columbia, Tennessee, died Friday, October 8, 2010, at Martha Jefferson House in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Graveside services will be conducted Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Columbia, Tennessee, with Rev. Roger Nicholson officiating. The family suggests memorials to the John C. Hodges Library at the University of Tennessee, 1015 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville 37996. Notes of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.oakesandnichols.com.
Born in the Smartt Station Community near McMinnville in Warren County, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Judge Robert White Smartt and Annie Fancher Smartt. She was a graduate of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, and Peabody College in Nashville.
Her first husband, Flavius Josephus Hendley of Maury County, died June 21, 1942. Later, she married Dr. John Cunyus Hodges, long-time professor of English at the University of Tennessee and benefactor of the John C. Hodges Library on the university campus. Dr. Hodges died in 1967. Mrs. Hodges remained a resident of Knoxville until 2004 when she moved to Charlottesville to be near to her sons.
Active in civic, community, and university affairs in Knoxville, she was a member and served as an Elder of First Presbyterian Church; a member of Cherokee Garden Club, Knoxville Book Club, UT Faculty Club, Colonial Dames, and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a former member of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.
Survivors include two sons, William R. (Gisela) Hendley of Hampton-Sydney, Virginia, and J. Owen (Birgit Winther) Hendley of Charlottesville, Virginia; a brother, John M. (Harriet) Smartt of Knoxville; sisters-in-law, Martha Smartt of McMinnville and Joan Smartt of Nashville; grandchildren, John (Vanessa) Hendley of Charleston, West Virginia, Laura (Jude Bowe) Hendley of Helena, Montana, Joseph Hendley of Charlottesville, Virginia, Jane Hendley of Richmond, Virginia, Ingeborg Hendley of Austin, Texas, Owen W. Hendley and Cornelia Hendley of Charlottesville, Virginia; great-grandchildren, Eli Bowe and Amos Bowe.
She is also survived by nineteen nieces and nephews, Franklin (Cheryl) Galbraith, John (Paula) Smartt, and Jane (David) Stroud of Knoxville; Joanna (Malcolm) Carnahan and Robert Galbraith of Nashville; George (Tammy) Smartt, Keith (Marlene) Smartt, and Teresa (Leo) Barrett of McMinnville; Mary (Gaius Overton) Evins and Lloyd (Donna) Emmons of Smithville; Lynn (Jo) Galbraith and Bill Smartt of New York, New York; Jane (Rob) Leonard of Washington, D.C.; Sabra (Rick) Kleinau of Tryon, North Carolina; Rick (Jonette) Emmons of Granger, Indiana; Wilda (John) Komora of Montana City, Montana; Doug (Carole) Smartt of Radford, Virgina; Bob (Mary Carol) Smartt of Boulder, Colorado; Elizabeth Smartt of Chicago, Illinois; and thirty-nine great-nieces and great-nephews.